Our teeth are one of the first things a person notices about us. Everyone wants their smile to be white and even, but unfortunately many people don’t naturally have the perfect teeth they dream of. Which is why cosmetic veneers are a perfect solution so you can get that smile you’ve been dreaming of.
Over time our teeth naturally get discolored and become more crooked. Yellowing and spotting on teeth are caused by a number of things including: age, smoking, foods, and even coffees, teas, sodas, and other drinks. These stains can be hard to erase just through brushing or store-bought teeth whitening toothpastes or treatments.
Many people spend thousands of dollars as teens or young adults to get braces on their young, natural teeth, but then fail to wear their retainer causing their teeth to shift and appear crooked for the rest of their life.
Teeth can also become stained from oral antibiotics or medicine, and crooked as a result of injury from sports. It is possible to not get an entire mouth of veneers, but just a few on certain teeth or even just one veneer on a particular tooth. Depending on the type of veneer, your dentist at Infinity Smile Center is willing to work with you to find the right fit.
These factors lead many people to insecurity when it comes to smiling with their teeth or even just opening their mouth to talk. It can be difficult to decide what procedure is necessary to get your dream smile, which is why Infinity Smile Center is the right choice in the cosmetic dentistry process to see if cosmetic veneers are right for you.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic being cemented over the front of your teeth to change the color and shape. They are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked. Typically the procedure for cosmetic veneers requires little or no anesthesia.
The dental procedure for veneers requires three appointments: a diagnosis and treatment planning first, then the preparation, then finally the bonding.
If you are interested in veneers, you can talk to your dentist about scheduling a diagnosis appointment where they can walk you through more specifics about the cosmetic dental process.
The preparation appointment is where the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness on the natural tooth. The dentist will remove about half a millimeter of tooth in this step, which may require a local anesthetic. In this visit a mold is taken of your teeth so the veneers can be created in a laboratory.
The bonding appointment is where the veneers are placed on the tooth with water or glycerin to check how they fit and get a sense of how the shade of color will look in your mouth.
The dentist then cleans the tooth with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Then a special cement is applied between the tooth enamel and the veneers, and a laser is used to harden the cement.
Taking proper care of your teeth after your cosmetic veneers procedure is extremely important. You should be sure to brush and floss just as you would your regular teeth. It is also a good idea to avoid or limit your consumption of food or drinks that usually cause stains.
Veneers are difficult to stain, but beverages such as coffee and tea and foods that include pasta sauce or berries are more likely to leave stains on the teeth. If these foods do happen to be consumed, it is recommended to brush the teeth very soon after consuming them. Brushing immediately after is crucial to remove food particles and staining agents from the teeth.
Your veneers will be strong, but certain bad habits can harm them. For example, biting your fingernails and chewing on ice can end up damaging your veneers. Avoiding these bad habits lowers the risk of putting your veneers under pressure that could chip or break them.
However, your veneers will have to be replaced after some time, regardless of how well you take care of them. But proper oral hygiene is essential in making sure they last as long as possible and don’t have to be replaced sooner than necessary.
A veneer can last up to ten years with proper care and porcelain cosmetic veneers specifically will last between ten and fifteen years. Your personal oral habits make the difference if your veneers will wear down in five years or if they will last close to fifteen years.
If you are concerned about how much veneers cost, call (972) 573-4723 or visit us online to learn more about veneers or talk to a dentist. They will work with you to find a treatment plan that works for you and your insurance. Cosmetic veneers can help you get the smile makeover you’ve always wanted.